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Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced Wednesday morning for corruption. the man who gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina nine years ago is now looking at a possible 20-year sentence. Prosecutors want the maximum allowed under federal guidelines.

Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.

By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. In recent years, sentencing reformers in the capital, Baton Rouge, have loosened some mandatory minimum sentences and have made parole slightly easier for offenders to get.

But as reformers in Louisiana push for change, they're also running into stiffening resistance — especially from local prosecutors.

WYES

WYES continues its ongoing initiative exploring progress rebuilding a safer, stronger, smarter city post-Katrina.

The WWNO/ WYES series on Orleans Criminal Justice System reform takes an in-depth look into the NOPD and Orleans Parish Jail federal consent decrees in this report by WYES Community Projects Producer, Marcia Kavanaugh.

The one hour video was produced by Paula Pendarvis, narrated by WYES Community Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh, with editing and creative direction by WYES producer Tom Gregory.

One of the 10 victims of a weekend shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street has died.

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson asked for a moment of silence after announcing the death Wednesday of the 21-year-old woman from Hammond.

Edmonson spoke at a news conference to discuss Mayor Mitch Landrieu's request for a permanent contingent of troopers to help with law enforcement in New Orleans.

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The New Orleans Police Department has identified 20-year-old Justin Odom as a person of interest in last Sunday's shooting on Bourbon Street that injured 10 people.

Update: Brittany Thomas, a 21-year-old who had been in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital since being struck Sunday, has died. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says she was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on last weekend's Bourbon Street shooting that left 10 people wounded.

Landrieu says he asked Governor Bobby Jindal to send 100 state troopers to New Orleans to patrol on a permanent basis, and the mayor called on citizens to work with police to help find those responsible for the shooting.

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Ten people were wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning on Bourbon Street. One of the victims remains in critical condition, four others are hospitalized in stable condition.

A high-definition, robotic camera on the balcony of a popular karaoke bar called the Cat’s Meow caught it all on tape: First, total chaos, then bystanders rushing in to help the victims.

New Orleans police are still searching for two men who exchanged gunfire on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who are in critical condition.

Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down the street in the chaos of the shooting at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition. 

The other victim's condition wasn't available. Some of them were tourists. Their names weren't immediately released.

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